Leinster and Ireland full back Rob Kearney is out of Ireland’s Autumn International series due to a back injury.
Kearney was determine to face the Cardiff Blues in the league at the weekend, but Louth man is now going under the knife for an operation on his back that will see him sidelined for 10 weeks.
Declan Kidney is announcing his squad this afternoon for the November Tests against South Africa and Argentina this afternoon so Kearney had to make a decision this week.
The 26 year old’s deal with the IRFU expires at the end of this season and he revealed that he is still unsure where he will be playing his rugby in a year’s time. It is understood that Kearney wants to remain in Ireland but the IRFU may not be in a position to match they gave him two years ago, when it is believed he turned down an offer from a French club said to be worth half a million euros.
Kearney announced his negotiations are due to commence shortly but that he has been focused on his injury rehabilitation.
“It’s still early days, the priority is to get on the field, playing. It is always in the back of your mind, knowing that your future isn’t fully nailed on yet. I don’t know where I could be playing my rugby next year, but my focus has to be to get back playing.”